By Jeremiah Urowayino
Ugborodo community council of elders yesterday refuted two open letters (advertorials), addressed to president Muhammadu Buhari, published in the Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday and Monday January 13 and 15 respectively, noting that the three signatories of the (open letters) advertorials has no authority or mandate to sign any publication in the name of Ugborodo Community, particularly when it has to do with the use of the Community Letter Head.
Ugborodo community council of elders, in a statement signed by 27 members of the council stated that “. The leadership of Ugborodo Community is vested on the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Elders.
The statement reads, “The entire contents in the two advertorials should be totally ignored, because they do not represent the position of the Council of Elders of Ugborodo Community.
“The three signatories of the afore-said (open letters) advertorials Hon. Thomas Metseagharun is neither a member of Ugborodo Council of Elders, nor member of Ugborodo Traditional Council. One of the signatories, Pa. Pasco Oritsegbami, who is a member of Ugborodo Traditional Council/Council of Elders, has since told us that his signature was exported from another source and used for the advertorial, while Pa. Douglas Omagbemi is not a member of Ugborodo Traditional Council. This is a criminal offence as far as the 1999 constitution of Nigeria is concerned and we shall take the necessary legal step against Hon. Thomas Metseagharun and Pa. Douglas Omagbemi.
“Ugborodo Community is part and parcel of Warri Kingdom under the over-lordship of the Olu of Warri.
“The claim that Olaja means a king is absolute falsehood and targeted at misleading the unsuspecting public: Olaja-Orori (Chief Priest) is the head of the quarter where the Orori (shrine) is situated and serviced. Olaja-Orori is not Olaja-Ugborodo, but Chief Priest of a particular quarter and as such, he is not a king! Ugborodo Community has seven (7) family lineages (quarters) and Olaja-Orori quarters is one of the seven quarters that make up Ugborodo traditional lineages, so it will mean we will have seven Kings in Ugborodo Community alone in Warri Kingdom, if Olaja-Orori claims to be a King. Of the seven traditional lineages, we have the Olaja-Orori, the Abome, the Koromini, the Oyen, the Eloko, the Kokolojo and the Omideye quarters and these are all independent of each other traditionally.
“Mr. President Sir, permit us to implore you not to be swayed by lies of signatories of the advertorials that they are members of the All Progressives Congress, APC. They are not members of the APC, but people with questionable characters looking for leeway to escape justice.
“The Presidency and indeed the general public should absolutely disregard the mischievously and criminally concocted advertorials (open letters) particularly due to the fact that the signatories are not executive members of Ugborodo Community and not mandated to do so.
“We call on the Federal and Delta State Governments through the relevant security agencies to wade in without delay with a view to bringing the impostors to justice, before they cause another bloodletting in Ugborodo Community.
“We appeal to the Federal and Delta State Governments to ensure that all those connected with the gruesome murder of Samuel Mayomi as well as those involved in illegal bunkering/pipeline vandalism (etc.) are apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law”.